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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1968!

IN THE NEWS:

  • North Korea seizes the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo and holds 83 crewmen on board as spies
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee, on the balcony of his hotel
  • Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in a Los Angeles hotel after winning the California Primary
  • ARPANET (the original Internet) is tested by the military
  • Computer mouse is patented
  • First computer with integrated circuits debuts
  • Computer RAM (Random Access Memory) is patented by Robert Dennard
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty is signed
  • On May 15 tornado outbreaks in the Midwest leave 71 dead
  • Detroit Tigers defeat St Louis Cardinals in the World Series
  • Actor Nick Adams commits suicide at 37

ON THE RADIO:

  • Breakfast Club
  • Day of the Triffids
  • Dick Jurgens Orchestra
  • Meet the Press
  • Jean Shepard
  • Telephone Hour

ON TELEVISION:

  • Adam-12
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • The Land of the Giants
  • The Avengers
  • The Outcasts
  • Here's Lucy
  • Mayberry R.F.D.
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
  • Mod Squad
  • It Takes a Thief
  • That's Life
  • Julia
  • Jonathan Winters Show
  • Blondie
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Dragnet 1969
  • Don Rickles Show
  • The Name of the Game
  • Carol Burnett Show
  • 60 Minutes
  • The first moon pictures appear on television (sent by Apollo 11)

FADS & FASHION:

  • Battling Tops
  • Star Trek Astro Walkie-Talkies
  • Zillion Bubble Blowers
  • Bellbottom jeans
  • Black lights
  • Love beads

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $2,450
  • Gasoline: 34 cents per gallon
  • House: $26,600
  • Bread: 22 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.21 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 5 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $9,670
  • Minimum Wage: $1.60 per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

  • Oliver - family musical by Carol Reed starring Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, and Oliver Reed

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

  • Hallelujah, Baby! - based on a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, starring Marilyn Cooper, Leslie Uggams, and Alan Weeks

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (fiction)
  • The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn (history)
  • Memoirs by George E. Kennan (biography)
  • The Hard Hours (poetry)
  • Rousseau and Revolution: The Tenth and Concluding Volume of the Story of Civilization by Will Durant and Ariel Durant (non-fiction)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • Rene Cassin, France, 1887-1976, President of the European Court of Human Rights

TOP SONGS:

  • The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
  • This Guy's in Love With You by Herb Alpert
  • Love Child by Diana Ross and The Supremes
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